Joining the thousands of Labor Day travelers, Sake and I escaped the perfect 85 degree temperatures of Pinole and drove down to Los Angeles yesterday to fully immerse ourselves in 100 degree heat. It’s not ideal, but it will have to do. Thank sweet Jesus for air conditioning. Or scientists, whichever you prefer.
We have a jam-packed schedule this week, but everything should calm down by this weekend, when my furry ferocious friend and I will trek back up to Pinole. Again. They really need to build this high-speed SF-LA train already. The 7-hour drive is taking precious hours off my life that I will never get back.
Now that it’s already September, I’ve once again pared down my list of essential van amenities. If you’ve been wondering where all this van stuff is headed, well, so have I. By the end of October, I hope to have accomplished the following:
- finished the floor and under floor storage
- completed basic framing of the under bed storage
- completed the basic bed platform
- completed basic framing of the sink cabinetry
- installed all plumbing
- installed all electrical (except for lighting) and solar panels
It’s a short list, and I do have about six weeks, but I’m betting it will take the full six weeks to get it all done at the rate I’m going. After all that is finished, I’ll need to turn my attention to moving out of the condo and renting it out. Then comes Phase 2. What’s Phase 2?
- installing windows in the high top
- building storage cabinets at the front and rear of the high top
- finishing the walls, storage areas, nooks, and crannies
- putting up the rest of the privacy curtains and shades
- installing lighting
- hiding places where I’ve messed up or didn’t think things through
Grand plans … it will all change, I can assure you. This week the goal is to simply get organized, and gather materials and appliances. After totaling up the remaining expenses this evening, I almost crapped my pants. Another $6k to finish this sucker. There’s a reason why people don’t do stuff like this. It’s hard, it takes forever, and it’s expensive. Here’s hoping that it will all be worth it.